Allain Manesson Mallet (1630 -1706)

February 16th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

Book review – “Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Wo” – Nick Srnicek & Alex Williams (2015)

February 6th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

Yes – very interesting. It’s good to have a goal to aim towards, but they are pretty light on explaining how it would work. They also excuse themselves from having to explain that. I mean, on a basic level, if no-one has to work, where does the money come from to pay for the universal income? How is money made? But yes – Demand Full Unemployment Now

Book review – “Under the Skin” Michael Faber (2000)

February 6th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

Yes – it’s very different to the film, and that’s made me like both more.

The Chaldean Account of Genesis

January 27th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

The Chaldean Account of Genesis (1872) was written by George Smith, who translated the original tablets. The story makes up part of the Epic of Gilgamesh, and describes the Great Flood a good while before it is believed the Book of Genesis was written. Some of the images are from sculptures in the British Museum.

“53 Stations of the Tōkaidō as Potted Landscapes” – Utagawa Yoshishige (1848)

January 5th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

The Tokaido is one of a number of roads linking Edo with the rest of Japan. It runs along the Pacific coast to Kyoto. The ’53 stations’ are resting points along the way. In 1832 the artist Utagawa Hiroshige began the first of a number of print series, which depicted the resting points, and these became very popular in Japan (one series becoming apparently the best selling ‘ukiyo-e‘ of all time). The prints in this post are by a different artist, Utagawa Yoshishige, and depict a series of actual potted landscapes (saikei and bonkeimade by a man called Kimura Tōsen. So these prints are based on small sculptures, which were inspired by prints, which were inspired by a walk, made possible by a road. You can see all 53 of the prints and the book here.

Book Review – “H For Hawk” Helen Macdonald (2014)

November 10th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

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Yes. How to deal with grief and depression using a bird of prey.

Book Review – “Everything to Nothing” Geert Buelens (2015)

October 20th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

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Yes. It’s an interesting way of looking at the 1st World War. To be honest though, I would have liked a bit more poetry, and a bit more discussion about the structure and formal effectiveness of that poetry. To be shown just how much of an everyday cultural integer poetry once was is a revelation to me.

Ivan Bilibin (1876 – 1942)

October 12th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

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Book Review – “In Praise of Shadows” Junichiro Tanazaki (1933)

October 6th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

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Yes – short and sweet.

Book Review – “Chernobyl Prayer” Svetlana Alexievich (1997/2013)

September 30th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

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Yes, yes, yes. This is a brilliant book – saddening, maddening and moving.

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